SIALKOT - The hundreds of the paddy growers and farmers Friday took out a peaceful rally in Sirraanwali-Satra, Daska tehsil, as a protest against the increasing POL prices and shortage of the urea and DAP fertilizers in the country. The protesters, carrying banners and placards, raised slogans against skyrocketing price hike in the country. Later, talking to the newsmen, some leading paddy growers including Mirza Ehsan Baig, Aman Ullah, Ghulam Rasul, Sarfraz Ghuman, Bashir Ahmed, Ch Allah Rakha and Altaf Khan said that the paddy growers and farmers were suffering from great financial loss and the crisis was aggregating day by day. The paddy growers urged the government to fix Rs2,000 per mound support price of the paddy crops for pulling the growers out of the prolonged financial crisis. They said that increase in POL prices, pesticides, fertilizers, diesel and related services have made the lives of the 70 per cent population of the country very hard, as they were attached with the agriculture sector. They alleged that instead of taking serious and stern legal action against the black marketing mafia, the both federal and provincial governments were allegedly patronising the mafia. The growers pointed out that wheat cultivation area would be reduced due to shortage and non-availability of the urea and DAP fertilizers and this situation would also be resulted into the nutritious crisis besides leaving bad impacts on the farming sector. They demanded the government to ensure the early and smooth supply of the fertilizers to the growers and farmers on the control rates. They said that there was 100 per cent increase in the rates of the fertilizers during the last eight months. They said the dealers were selling the DAP fertilizers at the rate of Rs6,000 per bag in black while, the urea fertilizers were also being sold at the rate of Rs2,000 per bag in black against its fixed official price of Rs1,325 per bag in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial Uggoki, Satrah, Sirraanwali, Pasrur, Chawinda, Badiana and surrounding areas. The growers alleged that this practice still goes unabated by the district administration, allegedly putting the financial crisis-beaten growers and farmers at the mercy of the black mafia.